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New WWE Champ

PARTIES In Chicago

... With BELT!

7/18/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Just hours after WWE superstar CM Punk beat down John Cena and won the heavyweight title Sunday night ... he grabbed the belt and hit the streets of Chicago to party with locals ... and TMZ has the pics!

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Punk -- along with fellow wrestling pals Colt Cabana and Ace Steel -- cracked a Diet Pepsi and toasted in front of a mural of Chicago legend Mike Ditka ... while showing off the belt to everyone!!

The win was pretty shocking to wrestling fans, since Punk has been badmouthing Vince McMahon and the WWE for weeks ... and has been rumored to be leaving the company.

It's almost like the whole thing was scripted.

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46.

MarkalFunk    

Hilarious seeing someone from TNA (the supposed Missy) posting in the comments. No amount of PR is ever going to save the public perception that your company is a joke. It's going take real action. A company wide review and restructuring is needed. There's been too much incompetence from people like Dixie Carter, Andy Barton and Vince Russo for way to long.

1101 days ago
47.

floW    

The point is, WWE is heading a new direction which is good, the whole "shoot"-cm punk-leaving storyline which actually told the truth (about cena and vince, speaking of a fans heart "idea of him being the best") went out well, but i bet the "creative" writers and vince screw up on this very soon. They finally got me interested in RAW after drafting orton to SmackDown, so yeah, the storyline was worth something... mitb crowd was awesome... every crowd going crazy against cena is awesome ^^ gn8 from germany

1101 days ago
48.

Missy    

Averno/MarkalFunk-Sorry to burst your bubble but TNA isn't going anywhere. WWE "fans" are scared to admit they have some great competition with TNA. yes tna is smaller right now but it's getting bigger. Lots of wrestlers from wwe have come to TNA...why...because TNA is better,it's not "PG" like Worst Wrestling Ever is.Vince has tried to sign some of the biggest names of TNA and they refuse to go to.WWE has trash talked TNA for awhile.Just a little more time WWE vs TNA.

1101 days ago
49.

Regulator    

What's up with all of the congratulations? How do you 'win' a staged even where some committee votes that it's your turn to get the belt? Hopefully you supporters good looking enough to get through life, because you sure aren't smart enough. I hope I didn't ****ter your world with that shocking news.

1101 days ago
50.

Jess    

of course he is not going anywhere, do you really think the company would let him leave with the belt, it is probably in the contract, or he would get sued. it is storyline. wwe probably sent him out in the streets of chicgo to take those pics, and to get tmz to cover it, i bet those pics will be shown on monday night raw and they will mention tmz. i know tmz is not news, but somethimes when the cover wwe it would be nice to get somethings right, tmz shouldn't even have written " there has been rumors he was leaving the wwe" when all that was part of the angle.

1101 days ago
51.

John    

The only reason why WWE wrestlers go to TNA is because of the lighter road schedule

1101 days ago
52.

Pockets    

LoL reading TMZ responses to wrestling related stories is hilarious. "Wrestling's Fake" OOOOOH?! "Vinnie should have let Cena retained the belt to appease GLAAD" Yo you obviously don't know anything about Vinnie Mac or his yes men...or the business for that matter. Keep it up guys, work is boring today.

1101 days ago
53.

Mike L    

TNA is so pathetic that they aren't even considered competition. They aren't going anywhere. When a company has to rely on people who should have retired 10-15 years ago, they should realize that they're in trouble. Its about time for the whole TNA company to be "Future Endeavored". Unless their ratings increase substanitally Spike is going to drop them. They'll have no TV deal, no fans, no nothing. Ring of Honor is more competitive to WWE then TNA. "Wrestling Matters", right TNA (which last time I checked meant Tits N Ass)? Funny how Impact has less "wrestling" then even WWE Superstars, even though the show is twice as long.

1101 days ago
54.

Jeramie    

Very simple, if you people have a problem with WWE, don't read this article and dont waste your time commenting on it. Yes wrestling is still cool and you want to hate on them but bottom line, they are still making millions and millions of dollars. Something some of you probably could only wish to do.

Now That I got that out of the way. Congrats to CM Punk. I'm glad he's having a great time and wish him nothing but the best

1101 days ago
55.

R34    

Missy about an hour ago

Averno/MarkalFunk-Sorry to burst your bubble but TNA isn't going anywhere. WWE "fans" are scared to admit they have some great competition with TNA. yes tna is smaller right now but it's getting bigger. Lots of wrestlers from wwe have come to TNA...why...because TNA is better,it's not "PG" like Worst Wrestling Ever is.Vince has tried to sign some of the biggest names of TNA and they refuse to go to.WWE has trash talked TNA for awhile.Just a little more time WWE vs TNA.

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LOL you're funny. No, really. This is a joke, right? TNA is so terrible. People watch wrestling for the entertainment value. TNZ is the most un-entertaining show I have EVER seen.

1101 days ago
56.

wtf    

is wrestling fake or is it real?

i heard that it was fake.

is that real?

or is it fake?

was it real before they faked it to make it look real but it was REALLy fake?

or was it fake but they made it look real but then they faked it to be real when it was really fake the WHOLE time.

anyway, why is pro wrestling news on TMZ?

i thought this was celebrity news site?

anyway, i just want to know if it's fake.

why hasn't anyone addressed this VERY important issue in the comments yet?

1101 days ago
57.

BoredInBoston    

I was directed to this site from a wrestling news site, and a lot of these comments really annoy me. A lot of these comments are just comments which are regurgitated from South Park and stand-up's about how staged and soap opera-esque wrestling is. Do you really think that the fans don't know that? To be completely honest the dramatic aspect to it adds a lot to it and separates it from other combat sports, and even though it's fake theirs a large degree of skill in everything these people do and they still have to train and work 365 days a year at what they do. The touring schedule is grueling and injury is commonplace. While championship changes maybe scripted, it's still enjoyable to see someone receive the recognition they deserve for the work they put in to entertain thousands of people on a nightly basis. It maybe fake but so is all non-reality television, Friends isn't real life and I don't see people complaining? WWE doesn't claim to be real, it does what it aims to do it entertains. Also considering most of the people authoring these comments are the sad people who actually use this site for whatever sad stories about celebrity babies and such which help them through their day so please get off your high horses. If the article doesn't interest you, go see some article about someone off the Hills new hairstyle or whatever pointless news you enjoy.

1101 days ago
58.

Annette    

one thing I see constantly being repeated is "how can you cheer for a scripted outcome?"

For that, it's simple. I ask. Do you root for people on Survivor or any other "contest" type reality show? Do you root or vote for your American Idol or other talent style show? How about Big brother etc? Tons of people watch these, so chances that someone tunes in to one of them is pretty good. Guess what, they are all predetermined too. Which I am sure you all know just like we wrestling fans know. But knowing that it is predetermined (as many finally got the clue with the latest AI debaucle...I don'*****ch so I am only informed via tons of "news" stories), you still watch it & enjoy it for entertainment value.

It's differences that make this world go around. What you may like, I might not and vice versa. Yet the naysayers seem to be not only the loudest but the most disrespectful, which is sad.

At any rate, and sense chances are I am talking to people who aren't going to listen in the first place, and fans that are nodding going "yup yup, I agree with you & everyone else who has said the same thing", I will just go make a snack, put on my pj's, and get ready for Raw tonight...licking my Cena loss wounds :)

1101 days ago
59.

Jeremy    

Wow! Guys you're awesome! I didn't know wrestling was predetermined. Seriously, you guys deserve a reward! Maybe it would be getting into the ring with Punk having one of those "fake" matches with the WWE Champion? It's not like any of it would hurt, right?

1101 days ago
60.

Rich     

As long as you all know it is scripted...I'm happy. Just enjoy the "broadway play". Now if you think it is real and a genuine competitive sport...please make an appointment with a psychiatrist.

1101 days ago
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